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The Denture FAQ

woman smiling touching jawDentures have long been a trusted solution for replacing several missing teeth. Find out everything you need to know about how they work, how long they last, and other questions you may have in our handy FAQ. Still have questions when you are finished? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office directly to discuss your tooth replacement.

What are dentures?

denture close-upA denture is a complete or partial set of replacement teeth. The prosthetic teeth are set into a base that is designed to look like your natural gum tissue. Dentures can be used in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture fills in the gaps left by several missing teeth, while a complete denture replaces an entire arch of teeth.

What are dentures made out of?

ceramist creating dentureDentures are typically made out of acrylic and metal. The base will usually be a sturdy metal frame that is covered in plastic.

Do dentures look natural?

woman in red smiling on white backgroundAbsolutely. Modern dentures look very natural, thanks to modern methods and materials. Your denture can be customized to match the precise shape, size, and shade that will suit your natural facial structure the best.

What is the process for dentures?

It takes several appointments with your dentist to achieve the best fit with dentures. First, an impression or mold is taken of your gums and any remaining teeth. You will bite down several times to ensure the proper relation between the upper and lower jaw is captured. Then, this mold is transformed into a denture by an expert ceramist. You will return to our office a few more times for incremental adjustments that will be made over the period of a month or so. When the entire process is complete, you will be presented with a set of teeth that look, fit, and feel just like they should!

What are implant dentures?

Implant dentures are false teeth that are supported on sturdy implant posts placed beneath the gum line rather than just resting on the gum tissue, like traditional dentures do. Dental implant posts offer greater stability and promote oral and overall health, as well. Patients who are eligible for dental implants should certainly consider this option.

How long do dentures last?

Traditional dentures will last for five to seven years before they need to be replaced to keep up with the changing shape of the jaw. Because dental implants stabilize the jaw and keep it healthy and whole, implant dentures last longer, but will eventually need to be replaced due to natural wear and tear.

How can I learn more about dentures?

If you are interested in learning more about dentures and how they may help to complete your smile after significant tooth loss, you are invited to get in touch with the office of Dr. Ronald E. Richardson. We can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of stabile teeth and a complete smile -- go ahead and contact us today!

Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a free consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.

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